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Find The Best Brisbane Accommodation

Looking for the perfect Brisbane Accommodation to start your Moreton Island trip? Located just 40km from Moreton Island, Brisbane is an excellent place to spend the night before/after exploring the delights of Moreton Island by day.

Brisbane has everything you could want or need from a modern city.

Interestingly, some of the events that took place on Moreton Island lead to the first colonist settlement at Brisbane. The story goes that three ticket-of-leave convicts were en route to Lllwarra from Sydney when their ship was blown off course in a terrible storm.

21 days after being blown off course, the trio were finally able to beach their boat on Moreton Island but by that time, they were desperate for water and very ill.

The Aborigines on Moreton Island found the three men and took care of them until they were well enough to be transferred back the mainland.

It was while they were attempting their way back to Sydney, that the convicts discovered the Brisbane River.

Later they met John Oxley who was on an expedition to find an agreeable location for a new penal colony and when prompted they to lead him to Brisbane River, where he went on to establish the roots for modern-day Brisbane.

3 Great Hotels in Brisbane

While there are many great hotels to choose from in Brisbane, below are our picks for three great hotels in Brisbane at various budgets. Be sure to check availability, as each of these top Brisbane hotels are very popular and can get booked out.

– Budget Option

Brisbane City YHA

The Brisbane City YHA is perfect for youthful travelers either travelling solo or in a group. Expect to meet lots of new friends here to join you for a day of exploring Moreton Island. The hostel has dorm rooms or private rooms available for rent. They offer a roof top pool and hang out area that looks out onto the city and Brisbane river.

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Brisbane City YHA

– Mid-Range Option

Manor Apartment Hotel

The lovely Manor Apartment Hotel is set in a heritage listed building and offers airy, simple rooms. There is a complimentary breakfast buffet served in the designated breakfast room. The Manor Apartment Hotel is centrally located and is known for their friendly staff.

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Manor Apartment Hotel

– Luxury

The W Brisbane

The W Brisbane five-star hotel has stylish décor, amazing views of the river, and some of the comfiest beds in Brisbane. As well as 3 dining venues, a gym, and fast Wi-Fi. The W is within walking distance to the Brisbane public transportation system which makes getting to the ferry port a flash.

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W Brisbane

Popular Hotels in Brisbane

Even if you decide to stay on Moreton Island during your trip. A couple nights in Brisbane before or after your trip to Moreton Island should not be missed.

Getting to Moreton Island

Visitors can reach Moreton Island from Brisbane by taking the passenger ferry, cruising in their own private boat or by chartering a plane. There are two privately owned air strips on the island at Cowan Cowan and Kooringal.


Private boats are free to make the trip but boaters must bear in mind that there are no public moorings available around the island. However, there are a handful of sheltered bays that are suitable anchorage.

As you might imagine, the ferry option is the most popular way to reach the island from Brisbane. There are 3 three ferry operators: The Tangalooma Resort, MICAT Ferry, and Amity Traders Ferry.

Tangalooma Resort takes foot passengers to their resorts doorstep, while the MICAT Ferry takes passengers and vehicles just north of the resort.

It is a comfortable 75-minute cruise from Brisbane to Moreton Island and often dolphins can be spotted along the way.

Amity Trader’s offers a ferry service which departs 40 minutes south of the Brisbane CBD and takes approximately 2 scenic hours.

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Moreton Island Australia is a 'Web Magazine' website that is dedicated to all things related to Queensland's iconic great sandy island. We are passionate about Australia's great natural wonder, its vast beaches and lakes, its incredible vistas, its natural beauty and the unforgettable experiences that are waiting for all who visit. Our aim is to discuss Moreton Island, its history, its environment, its wildlife and its spectacular destinations. We hope that this website will inspire all who visit, just as much as Moreton Island has inspired us.

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